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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
July 10, 2006

Dr. Tim Says...

I have written recently about the positive effects that diet can have on different cancers. We know that people with a normal Body Mass Index have a lower risk of cancer. Studies have also shown a clear link with increased fruit and vegetable intake providing a decrease in the risk of some cancers.

There have been many encouraging smaller studies on diet and colon cancer, but larger trials have failed to show benefit from an increased intake of fruit and vegetables. The research has been disappointing, and given that colon cancer is the number 3 cause of death from cancer, strategies for prevention are important. Bean there, done that!

Ask Dr. Gourmet

I have MS, Lupus, and APLs (a rare blood disease: Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome) in my case it is called Anticardiolipid Antibody Syndrome (because it affects my heart). I am on Coumadin, my levels fluctuate a lot and I'm not sure what is causing this. My doctor and I have spoken about this and we can't seem to find what I might be eating that would cause this problem.

As well over the past year I have gained 30 lbs. and it is too much for my body frame. I have a small body structure and it slows me down even more. When I came across your web page on the Internet I truly felt there was hope. Can you tell me is there any cost involved in eatTHISdiet, because I am on Social Security Disability and I have to be very aware of cost. I want to sign up as fast as I could. If you wouldn't mind could you brief me on how this works.

Dr. Tim Says...

It sounds like you have worked hard at staying healthy even with all of your conditions.

Everything on the Dr. Gourmet website is free. You don't even have to sign up, although it's great when people sign up for the newsletter and even better when you tell your friends and doctors about Dr. Gourmet to help spread the word.

There is no charge involved for you to follow eatTHISdiet. Given your situation, you might want to speak with your doctor about the amount of calories you should start with and then follow that meal plan. These are based on American Heart Association guidelines and are very healthy menus. Because of your small size you won't need very many calories, but the recipes help to maximize satisfaction with as few calories as possible. More on Dr. Gourmet Resources


Featured Recipe:
Three Bean Salad

Bean salad is the perfect summer side dish. It has veggies and great beans (legumes). Using a great oil like grapeseed oil makes this the perfect healthy summer dish. Three Bean Salad

Featured Ingredient:
Great Northern Beans

These are often confused for navy beans (which are also called pea beans), but great northern beans are larger, about the size of a small kidney bean. They are related to the navy bean, as well as kidney and pinto beans.

The flavor is mild and they make the perfect vehicle for soups, such as Minestrone, or Boston Baked Beans.

2 ounces dried great northern beans = 192 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 12g protein, 35g carbohydrates, 8mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol

The Health of It All...
Legumes and Heart Diseas

There is very good evidence that eating legumes lowers the risk for heart disease. Research by a group looking at almost 10,000 men published in November 2001 showed that even one serving of lentils or chick peas a week lowers the risk of heart disease. And the best part is that the more you eat, the lower the risk. Eating legumes 4 times or more per week reduces the risk of heart disease by as much as 22%.

Hand on Heart

Hand on Heart

Dr. Harlan's latest cookbook, Hand on Heart, includes several of the recipes from drgourmet.com, plus a few that were developed specifically for the book, like Banoffee Pie! More on what's inside.

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